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DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS?
GEEK: FANTASY NOVEL
SWIM THE FLY
 

Fiction:

DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS?
by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Year eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith–without losing her identity or sense of style.

THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN
by Sherman Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

PROM
by Laurie Halse Anderson
The story of Ashley, who is definitely not a prom-type person, and her best friend Nat, who lives for the prom. When the math teacher disappears with the funds just eleven days before the dance, Nat goes into high gear to find alternative ways to make the prom happen and drags an unwilling Ashley into the flurry of urgent details.

GEEK: FANTASY NOVEL
by E. Archer
Ralph is asked to spend the summer with his strange British relatives at their old manor house in order to set up their Wi-Fi network. And thus begins his strange adventure.

FUNNY LITTLE MONKEY
by Andrew Auseon
Arty, an abnormally short fourteen-year-old boy, enlists the help of a group of students, known at school as the "pathetic losers," to take revenge against his abusive, tall fraternal twin brother.

RULES OF THE ROAD
by Joan Bauer
Sixteen-year-old Jenna gets a job driving the elderly owner of a chain of successful shoe stores from Chicago to Texas to confront the son who is trying to force her to retire, and along the way Jenna hones her talents as a saleswoman and finds the strength to face her alcoholic father.

YOU KILLED WESLEY PAYNE
by Sean Beaudoin
When hard-boiled, seventeen-year-old private investigator Dalton Rev transfers to Salt River High to solve the case of a dead student, he has his hands full trying to outwit the police, negotiate the school's social hierarchy, and get paid.

AUDREY, WAIT!
by Robin Benway
While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.

BEAUTY QUEENS
by Libba Bray
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

SWIM THE FLY
by Don Calame
Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time – quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly (the hardest stroke known to God or man) as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.

CUPID WAR
by Timothy Carter
Seventeen-year-old Ricky Fallon was contemplating suicide when he slipped and fell, only to find himself a Cupid in the afterlife, but between the bad boss, a pink bodysuit, and attacks from shadowy entities called Suicides, he is not feeling much love.

ABSOLUTELY NORMAL CHAOS
by Sharon Creech
Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer while learning about romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin's search for his biological father.

BUCKING THE SARGE
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.

THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM-1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

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BORN TOO SHORT: THE CONFESSIONS OF AN EIGHTH-GRADE BASKET CASE
REPOSSESSED
SAME DIFFERENCE
 

TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A HOLLYWOOD STARLET
by Lola Douglas
Teen movie star Morgan Carter retreats to a small midwestern town to recuperate anonymously after an overdose and rehabilitation, recording her thoughts in a diary.

BORN TOO SHORT: THE CONFESSIONS OF AN EIGHTH-GRADE BASKET CASE
by Dan Elish
Thirteen-year-old Matt is so envious of his best friend Keith that he wishes things would go badly for him, and when Keith's fortune changes while at the same time Matt finds his first true girlfriend, Matt is overcome with guilt.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE: S. MORGENSTERN'S CLASSIC TALE OF TRUE LOVE AND HIGH ADVENTURE
by William Goldman
Westley battles everything, including death, to be reunited with his true love Buttercup.

THE SECRET BLOG OF RAISIN RODRIGUEZ
by Judy Goldschmidt
In a blog she sends to her best friends back in Berkeley, seventh-grader Raisin Rodriguez chronicles her successes and her humiliating failures as she attempts to make friends at her new Philadelphia school.

AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES
by John Green
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

SPLIT SCREEN
by Brent Hartinger
Two books in one tell of sixteen-year-old friends Russel, who is gay, and Min, who is bisexual, as they face separate romantic troubles while working as extras on the set of a horror movie.

A LOVE STORY STARRING MY DEAD BEST FRIEND
by Emily Horner
As she tries to sort out her feelings of love, seventeen-year-old Cass, a spunky math genius with an introverted streak, finds a way to memorialize her dead best friend.

BAD KITTY
by Michele Jaffe
While vacationing with her family in Las Vegas, seventeen-year-old Jasmine stumbles upon a murder mystery that she attempts to solve with the help of her friends, recently arrived from California.

REPOSSESSED
by A.M. Jenkins
A fallen angel, tired of being unappreciated while doing his pointless, demeaning job, leaves Hell, enters the body of a seventeen-year-old boy, and tries to experience the full range of human feelings before being caught and punished, while the boy's family and friends puzzle over his changed behavior.

THE REFORMED VAMPIRE SUPPORT GROUP
by Catherine Jinks
Nina Harrison, fanged at fifteen and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. Even if she does appreciate Dave, who was in a punk band when he was alive, nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until one of the group members is mysteriously destroyed by a silver bullet. With Nina (determined to prove that vamps aren’t useless or weak) and Dave (secretly in love with Nina) at the helm, the misfit vampires soon band together to track down the hunter, save a werewolf, and keep the world safe from the likes of themselves.

THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP
by Catherine Jinks
When Tobias wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the night before, a mysterious man tells him he has a dangerous condition, and he finds himself involved with a group of werewolves convinced he needs their help.

ANOTHER KIND OF COWBOY
by Susan Juby
In Vancouver, British Columbia, two teenage dressage riders, one a spoiled rich girl and the other a closeted gay sixteen-year-old boy, come to terms with their identities and learn to accept themselves.

SAME DIFFERENCE
by Derek Kirk Kim
A series of short stories in graphic novel format follows a group of friends in their twenties as they navigate young adulthood and relationships.

MY MOST EXCELLENT YEAR: A NOVEL OF LOVE, MARY POPPINS, AND FENWAY PARK
by Steve Kluger
Three teenagers in Boston narrate their experiences of a year of new friendships, first loves, and coming into their own.

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HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY
BLOODTHIRSTY
VIBES
 

HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY
by Justine Larbalestier
In a world in which everyone has a personal fairy who tends to one aspect of daily life, fourteen-year-old Charlie decides she does not want hers–a parking fairy–and embarks on a series of misadventures designed to rid herself of the invisible sprite and replace it with a better one, like her friend Rochelle's shopping fairy.

I'M A GENIUS OF UNSPEAKABLE EVIL AND I WANT TO BE YOUR CLASS PRESIDENT
by Josh Lieb
Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.

THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS
by E. Lockhart
Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.

SETH BAUMGARTNER'S LOVE MANIFESTO
by Eric Luper
After his girlfriend breaks up with him and he sees his father out with another woman, high school senior Seth Baumgartner, who has a summer job at the country club and is preparing for a father-son golf tournament, launches a podcast in which he explores the mysteries of love.

WHAT-THE-DICKENS: THE STORY OF A ROGUE TOOTH FAIRY
by Gregory Maguire
As a terrible storm rages, ten-year-old Dinah and her brother and sister listen to their cousin Gage's tale of a newly-hatched, orphaned, skibberee, or tooth fairy, called What-the-Dickens, who hopes to find a home among the skibbereen tribe, if only he can stay out of trouble.

BLOODTHIRSTY
by Flynn Meaney
Awkward, sun-allergic sixteen-year-old Finbar Frame decides that his only chance to get a girlfriend is to pretend to be a vampire, while his athletic, popular, fraternal twin brother tries to encourage him to be more "normal."

PULLING PRINCES
by Tyne O'Connell
Hoping to become more popular at her elegant English boarding school, fifteen-year-old Californian Calypso Kelly invents a fake handsome boyfriend, until she realizes that her wit and skill at fencing may be enough to attract the attention of a real-life handsome prince.

HOW ANGEL PETERSON GOT HIS NAME
by Gary Paulsen
Author Gary Paulsen relates tales from his youth in a small town in northwestern Minnesota in the late 1940s and early 1950s, such as skiing behind a souped-up car and imitating daredevil Evel Knievel.

KING DORK
by Frank Portman
High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that The Catcher in the Rye may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life.

VIBES
by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Kristi, a sophomore in an alternative high school, is aware that nearly everyone dislikes her – even those obsessed by her large breasts–but begins to doubt her psychic insights after learning long-held family secrets and some classmates' true feelings.

THE WEDNESDAY WARS
by Gary D. Schmidt
On Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

THE SCHWA WAS HERE
by Neal Shusterman
A Brooklyn eighth-grader nicknamed Antsy befriends the Schwa, an "invisible-ish" boy who is tired of blending into his surroundings and going unnoticed by nearly everyone.

ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND
by Daria Snadowsky
In her last semester at a private school in Fort Myers, Florida, seventeen-year-old Dom finds her life transformed by her first boyfriend, Wes, a track star at the public school her best friend attends.

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FREAK SHOW
ORIGAMI YODA SERIES
GALLAGHER GIRLS SERIES
 

THE BOOK OF BUNNY SUICIDES
by Andy Riley
From an encounter with the business end of Darth Vader's lightsaber, to supergluing themselves to a diving submarine, to hanging around underneath a loose stalactite, these bunnies are serious about suicide.

CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN
by Dyan Sheldon
In her first year at a suburban New Jersey high school, Mary Elizabeth Cep, who now calls herself "Lola," sets her sights on the lead in the annual drama production, and finds herself in conflict with the most popular girl in school.

FREAK SHOW
by James St. James
Having faced teasing that turned into a brutal attack, Christianity expressed as persecution, and the loss of his only real friend when he could no longer keep his crush under wraps, seventeen-year-old Billy Bloom, a drag queen, decides the only to become fabulous again is to run for Homecoming Queen at his elite, private school near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES
by Stephanie S. Tolan
Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.

BE MORE CHILL
by Ned Vizzini
Badly in need of self-confidence and a change of image, high school nerd Jeremy Heere swallows a pill-sized super computer that is supposed to help him get whatever he wants.

THE CALVIN AND HOBBES TENTH ANNIVERSARY BOOK
by Bill Watterson
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this distinguished partnership between a six-year-old boy and his (sometimes) stuffed tiger, Watterson has prepared a special book, which shares his thoughts on cartooning and is illustrated throughout.

Series:

THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY SERIES
BOOK ONE: THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
by Douglas Adams
Arthur is plucked from earth to take part in unparalleled cosmic adventures.

ORIGAMI YODA SERIES
BOOK ONE: THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA
by Tom Angleberger
Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

YOTSUBA&! SERIES
VOLUME 1
by Kiyohiko Azuma
With no knowledge of the world around her and an unnatural fear of air conditioners, Yotsuba has her new neighbors' heads spinning. Join the hilarious exploits of an out-of-this-world schoolgirl as her befuddled friends attempt to uncover the secrets behind this strange child!

DANGEROUS ANGELS SERIES
BOOK ONE: WEETZIE BAT
by Francesca Lia Block
Follows the wild adventures of Weetzie Bat and her Los Angeles friends, Dirk, Duck, and My-Secret-Agent-Lover-Man.

GALLAGHER GIRLS SERIES
BOOK ONE: I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU
by Ally Carter
As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.

AL CAPONE ON ALCATRAZ SERIES
BOOK ONE: AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS
by Genifer Choldenko
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB SERIES
VOLUME 1
by Bisco Hatori
In this screwball romantic comedy, a poor girl at a rich kids' school ends up working for the school's swankiest club – and gets mistaken for a boy!

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SON OF THE MOB SERIES
SCOTT PILGRIM SERIES
THE BIG BENTO BOX OF UNUSELESS JAPANESE INVENTIONS: THE ART OF CHINDOGU
 

WHAT'S MICHAEL? SERIES
VOLUME 1
by Makoto Kobayashi
One of manga's most delightful exports to the States, this is a one-of-a-kind blend of screwball fantasy mixed with slice-of-life hilarity that has audiences on both sides of the world rolling in the aisles.

SON OF THE MOB SERIES
BOOK ONE: SON OF THE MOB
by Gordon Korman
Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.

GIRL, 15 SERIES
BOOK ONE: GIRL, 15, CHARMING BUT INSANE
by Sue Limb
Fifteen-year-old Jess, living with her mum, separated from her father in Cornwall, and with a best friend who seems to do everything perfectly, finds her own assets through humor.

THE RUBY OLIVER QUARTET
BOOK ONE: THE BOYFRIEND LIST
by E. Lockhart
A Seattle fifteen-year-old explains some of the reasons for her recent panic attacks, including breaking up with her boyfriend, losing all her girlfriends, tensions between her performance-artist mother and her father and more.

DAIRY QUEEN TRILOGY
BOOK ONE: DAIRY QUEEN
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

SCOTT PILGRIM SERIES
VOLUME 1: SCOTT PILGRIM'S PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE
by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Scott Pilgrim's life is fantastic. He's 23, in a rock band, between jobs, and dating a cute high school girl. Everything's awesome until a seriously mind-blowing delivery girl named Ramona Flowers enters his life.

DISCWORLD SERIES
BOOK ONE: THE COLOR OF MAGIC
by Terry Pratchett
Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. It plays by different rules. Certainly it refuses to succumb to the quaint notion that universes are ruled by pure logic and the harmony of numbers. But just because the Disc is different doesn't mean that some things don't stay the same. Its very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the arrival of the first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land.

CONFESSIONS OF GEORGIA NICOLSON SERIES
BOOK ONE: ANGUS, THONGS AND FULL-FRONTAL SNOGGING
by Louise Rennison
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.

BONE SERIES
VOLUME 1: OUT FROM BONEVILLE
by Jeff Smith
After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins are separated and lost in a vast, uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. Eventually, the cousins are reunited but little do the Bones know, there are dark forces conspiring against them and their adventures are only just beginning!

Nonfiction:

CANDYFREAK: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CHOCOLATE UNDERBELLY OF AMERICA
by Steve Almond
From the Twin Bing to the Idaho Spud, the Valomilk to the Abba-Zaba, and discontinued bars such as the Caravelle, Marathon and Choco-Lite, Almond uncovers a trove of singular candy bars made by unsung heroes working in old-fashioned factories.

KING OF THE MILD FRONTIER
by Chris Crutcher
Whether trying to impress members of the girls' softball team–with disastrous dental results–or enduring the humiliation of his high school athletic club initiation, Crutcher's recollections of the tricky road to adulthood is peppered with hilarious, heartbreaking and unforgettable events.

THE BIG BENTO BOX OF UNUSELESS JAPANESE INVENTIONS: THE ART OF CHINDOGU
by Kenji Kawakami
Meant to solve problems of modern life, these bizarre and logic-defying gadgets and gizmos are actually entirely impractical. Addicts of the unuseless will love this collection that includes the Drymobile (your laundry dries as you drive), the Solar-Powered Torch (never runs low on batteries), Duster Slippers for Cats (now the most boring job around the house becomes hours of fun...for your cat!), Walk 'n' Wash Ankle-attachable Laundry Tanks (a perfect solution for the problems of inadequate exercise and hygiene), and many, many more.

DARWIN AWARDS
by Wendy Northcutt
Filled with tales of evolution in action and complete with essential science and safety discussions, this book shows that when it comes to common sense, natural selection still has a long way to go.

BAT BOY LIVES!: THE WEEKLY WORLD NEWS GUIDE TO POLITICS, CULTURE, CELEBRITIES, ALIEN ABDUCTIONS, AND THE MUTANT FREAKS THAT SHAPE OUR WORLD
by David Perel & the editors of the Weekly World News
All the news that's not fit to print is found in this fascinating compendium of the best of Weekly World News.

FOUND: THE BEST LOST, TOSSED, AND FORGOTTEN ITEMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
by David Rothbart
From discarded valentines to a breakup letter written on the back of an air sickness bag, this tribute to everyday life takes an uncensored, poignant and hilarious peek into other people's lives.

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